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Old 12-19-2012, 07:35 AM
 
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Hi all,

I just took a job in Waltham, I live in Cambridge in between Porter and Harvard square. I'm mostly only familiar with the Red Line so I could use some advice.

On the MBTA trip planner, it says I should take the commuter rail - fitchberg/south action line from Porter to Brandeis/Roberts station. It says this will be $8 per ride.. I think it's Zone 8? Is that right?

I looked that up and it says 10 per ride, 314 for a monthly pass, 100 for a 10 ride pass, 13 for cash on board.

I could use a bus, but it would take 89 minutes with many different stops and detours, or a combination of the red line and buses but that would take an hour and a half. Being able to use the commuter rail, it would only take me a half hour.

What option would give me a reasonable cost? Should I look into using a combination of buses and cabs instead? Suffice it to say I'm on the poor side at the moment, hope I didn't just screw myself over lol.

Thanks.

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Old 12-19-2012, 08:32 AM
 
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I think that should be zone 2 and $6/ride.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:59 AM
 
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Brandeis/Roberts is in Zone 2. If you are working at Brandeis University, you should take advantage of the pre-tax MBTA passes. Check in to your new job's HR to see if they offer something similar.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:01 PM
 
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Okay thank you. It's actually a temp job, so it's unlikely anything like that would be offered, right? My recruiter said I may be able to negotiate higher pay because of the commute though.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Okay thank you. It's actually a temp job, so it's unlikely anything like that would be offered, right? My recruiter said I may be able to negotiate higher pay because of the commute though.
It's a little late to negotiate higher pay. That should be done BEFORE taking the job.

Doesn't help for the moment, but check if anyone else have similar commute and see if they are willing to carpool after you start working there.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:47 AM
 
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Howdy, I lived in the Cedarwood section of Waltham (behind Brandeis) and there was a #70 bus that I would use often that took me to Central Square. That was a decent ride. One terminus was on Rte 20 close to 95/128 and the other was Central Square. There is another bus line that goes along Mass Ave, that will take you the rest of the way. I do not remember the number of that loop, but the red line also can complete your trip. Hope that helps.
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